MainLine Peace Action/DelMont PDA

April 2, 2011

A Time To Break The Silence

Filed under: Events of Interest — Tags: — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:42 am

Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (April 4, 1968)

Monday, April 4, 2011, at 4:30p.m., ‘A Time to Break the Silence’ – Demonstration Speak Out for Justice, Peace, and The Environment, Independence Mall Visitors Center (lawn area), 6th & Market Sts., Phila., PA

Rain or Shine (dress accordingly, bring an umbrella).

Join us Monday, April 4, outside the Independence Mall Visitors Center, from 4:30p.m. – 6p.m in ‘A Time to the Break Silence’ Demonstration ‘Speak-Out’ for Justice, Peace, and the Environment. Speakers include Celeste Zappala, Gold Star Mother for Peace, music, and the audio broadcast of excerpts of speeches and sermons by Dr. King including excerpts from his ‘Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence’ speech delivered at New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, one year to the day before being shot down in Memphis, Tennessee.

In this most prophetic of Dr. King’s speeches, he spoke out dramatically against U.S. policies of war, worldwide militarism, poverty, and social injustice, calling for nonviolent resistance to the “evil triplets of American society: racism, materialism, and militarism”.

(click on link to read and hear the speech in its entirety).

Today, faced by the consequences of a devastating economic meltdown, we must rebuild our society and the world, demanding a new economy not for the greed of Wall Street and corporate elites, not for war-profiteers like Lockheed Martin and Boeing, but for us all and our communities: health care for all, jobs, justice, and peace.


-End U.S. wars which cost us millions daily; demand Jobs not War$.

-Bring the troops and the war dollars home. End poverty and stop the foreclosures on people’s homes.

-Abolish Nuclear Weapons, once and for all, and the lethal scourge of nuclear power and unconventional gas drilling (Fracking).

-Stop the assaults on our civil liberties.

Celebrate the active legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, as people come together across the nation and proclaim WE ARE ONE in a day devoted to labor rights, justice, peace, and the environment.

For more information: Brandywine Peace Community, or call 610-544-1818

Where Does The Money Come From?

Filed under: economics, Medicare, Social Security — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:53 am

This page from the National Priorities Project stresses some important facts.  There is a clear distinction between FICA (Social Security and Medicare) and income tax [though both show up on your pay stub].  Enemies of Social Security like to cloud this difference.   And there’s a difference between debt and deficit.  A quick and valuable read.

April 1, 2011

Is This How How You Want To Spend Your Money?

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 2:49 pm

Members of Main Line Peace Action and DelMont Progressive Democrats of America put together a Power Point presentation on how military spending is screwing around our priorities and our domestic needs.  This has now become an eleven-minute YouTube video here:  We hope you’ll look at it and forward it on to your friends.

Death Watch Noon Today

Filed under: American Empire, Events of Interest — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:16 am


Friends – The United States continues DRONE BOMBINGS IN PAKISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN AND YEMEN, AS WELL. We walk with a picture of drone bomber and hand out leaflets to inform people on the street that this is being done in our names and with our money. We oppose the wars and all bombings.

We will do the DEATH WALK on Saturday, April 2, 2011, from 12 – 1:00 p.m., meeting at 12th & Market. Wear BLACK, we will bring plain white masks and we will be sure to have some extra masks but it would be helpful if you rsvp just to be sure. Contact us at or reply to e-mail. One person will hold a sign, others will pass out leaflets. They will not wear the mask. We will continue to carry signs opposing U.S. DRONE WARFARE and TERRORISM, which is the killing of civilians.

We are now part of a national campaign against DRONE WARFARE.

We will be walking in the manner of a SILENT DEATH WALK to bring attention to the wars and the victims in Afghanistan , Pakistan . (Possibly expanding ground war there) PLEASE WEAR BLACK OR DRAPE BLACK CLOTH IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A COMPLETE OUTFIT. This is to keep some uniformity. We will also have a drum this time.

Peace, with hope that you will join us and bring friends. Marge VC p.s. It is helpful if you rsvp so we have enough MASKS.

p.s. In case of heavy rain, we will stand under the building at Reading Terminal Market as we did another day.

Six Signs The Revolution May Be Near

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:00 am

We don’t often quote the Wall Street Journal, but here’s Market Watch’s Paul B. Farrell spelling out what we can expect if we don’t start properly taxing the rich.  The situation now promotes widespread economic misery and wealth inequality.  We’re told that the one hundred richest families in America have more money than the bottom 40% combined.  Something’s got to give.

March 31, 2011

What Will A Government Shutdown Mean

Filed under: economics — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 1:29 pm

Danny Schechter, who wrote “Plunder,” tells us what to expect if the projected trainwreck comes to pass.

March 30, 2011

It’s Good To Be Rich

Filed under: economics — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:14 am

March 29, 2011

Why Aren’t We Surprised By Fox Any More?

Filed under: elections — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 3:50 pm

The Vice President and Washington Managing Editor of Fox News told an audience that he made up the story of Obama’s socialist beliefs during the 2008 election and caused it to be a steady drumbeat on Fox “news” coverage.

March 28, 2011

Help Stamp Out Creeping Ignorance!

Filed under: environment, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:49 am

This article is about creeping ignorance – the widespread refusal to accept facts and the growing tendency to create one’s own.  For example, a 2010 Gallup poll asked people if they believed in naturalistic evolution.  Only 16% of the whole sample did.  25% of those with post-graduate degrees.  9% of those with high school or less.  2% of those who attend church weekly.  31% of those who seldom or never attend church.  Twice as many Democrats as Republicans believe in evolution.  You can find similarly scary statistics about the percentage of people who believe that global warming is caused by man and about the people who think government should stay out of relations between workers and bosses (this after the hundreth anniversary of the Triangle Fire last week!).  Paste the link to your browser to read the article.

March 27, 2011

How The Pentagon Spends Money

Filed under: American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 3:57 pm

Since the beginnings of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, some of the most deadly killers and maimers of our troops are roadside bombs – IED’s.  All the hugely expensive weapons in our arsenal – The F-25,  nuclear submarines,  aircraft carriers, etc. – are useless against them.  Five years ago the Pentagon set up a special office under a four-star general to figure out how to combat the threat.  They have spent $19 billion dollars.  How is it going?  The program is a complete failure, and there’s evidence money was spent not just on anti-IED research but on civilian advisors and such.  We’re not suggesting that it’s not important to end the IED threat, but is this the best we can do?   Click the link for details.

March 26, 2011

Television You’ve Been Waiting For!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 11:40 am

It was announced this week that Glenn Beck may be setting up his own cable channel when he leaves Fox.  Click here to see the exciting daily schedule!

March 25, 2011

Are All Our Dollars Buying Us Smart Security?

Filed under: 25% solution, American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 2:22 pm

A group of citizens in Delaware and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania (members of Main Line Peace Action and the DelMont Chapter of Progressive Democrats of America,  agreed that it would not be possible to make progress in education, renewable energy, healthcare, infrastructure or anything else until we reined in military spending. The Frank-Paul Report on that subject had just been released, the National Priorities Project was generating important statistics on military spending and its effect on localities, and New Priorities, a group of Barney Frank’s constituents interested in the “25% solution,”  were starting to spread the word.  Our local group committed itself to bringing the  message to Pennsylvania on this vital subject and developed a Power Point presentation that became this video on YouTube.  We hope you will watch it and share it with your friends.  Much depends on it.

Nader Says “End Athletic Scholarships”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:59 am

Ralph Nader takes on another sacred cow.  But if the Ivy League and many liberal arts colleges can do it, why can’t everyone eliminate athletic scholarships?  Is that how we should be spending our education dollars?

Important Meeting April 16

Chart a Course for New Priorities That Begins with Bringing the War Dollar$ Home

FEDERAL BUDGET CRISIS: WHY IT MATTERS, SAT., APRIL 16, 10A.M.(9:30A.M. – 1:00P.M.)Tabernacle Church 3700 CHESTNUT STREET, Phila., PA (corner of 37th & Chestnut St., enter on 37th)   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Federal Budget Crisis & Its Impact on Local CommunitiesPlan to Participate in a Workshop & Program with: Jo Comerford, executive director National Priorities Project ( Be Part of A Provocative ‘RoundTable’: The Federal Budget Crisis… & The Assault on Public Service Unions…How Militarism Distorts Government Here and Around the World.

Challenge War and Rising Military Spending at the Expense of Human Needs and Justice at Home

Sponsors: Brandywine Peace Community, BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action, Catholic Peace Fellowship, DelRiver Area CodePINK, DelMont and PA PDA (Progressive Democrats of America), Phila. Jobs With Justice, PA Smart Security , Main Line Peace Action, Granny Peace Brigade Phila., Healthcare NOW, Veterans for Peace, Chapter #31 (list in formation).

RSVP Your Attendance by e-mailing For more information call: Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818.

March 22, 2011

Why Congress Votes The Way It Does

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 3:46 pm

Read all about the kinds of investments congressmen have in defense contractors.  No wonder they have trouble voting again $1000 toilet seats and the   F-35.

March 21, 2011

Krugman On Warren

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 8:06 am

Today our favorite economist, Paul Krugman, writes about our favorite bureaucrat, Elizabeth Warren.  His subject is the Republicans’ desperate attempt to blame her for our financial problems and erase memories of what really caused the Crash of 2008.  Last week House Republicans tried the same thing: how dare she talk with state attorneys general about moving against guilty banksters.  How dare she set up a consumer protection agency that could obviate the sort of crimes their bankster friends perpetrated?   Krugman is good today.  Elizabeth Warren is always good.

March 18, 2011

Sign On To Stop The Chamber

Filed under: economics — Tags: — Walter Ebmeyer @ 3:19 pm

The United States Chamber of Commerce used to be a reasonable pro-small business organization that made sense from time to time.  It has now been transformed into a fabulously rich monster that threatens democracy.  Paste the link to your browser and read all about it (and watch the video).  Our thanks to our friend Jack Hendricks, leader of PDA’s McConnellsburg chapter for sending this along.

Send Obama Some Shoes

Filed under: economics, elections — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:37 am

Back in the good old days, when Obama was running for President, he said that if anyone tried to infringe workers’ rights when he was in office, he’d put on his comfortable shoes and join the picket line.  Right.  Our friend, Walter Brasch, asks why the President isn’t in Madison.  And where’s Reid, Pelosi, and Biden?  Read Dr. Brasch here.

March 17, 2011

Military Math Explained For All

Filed under: economics, New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 2:32 pm

Call Your Congressman About Ending the War

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:44 am

Call 202-224-3121 and tell yourcongressman to vote with Dennis Kucinich to end the war. Or click here for details.

Who’s In Charge Here?

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:36 am

The people of Afghanistan have to wonder.  The Afghan government is heavily laced with Western, non-native advisors and contractors, and probably will be until 2025 at an annual cost of $6-8 billion.

March 15, 2011

Be Very Afraid

Filed under: environment — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:05 am

Did you know that Westinghouse, that good old American company picked to build nuclear power plants on the Texas gulf coast, is now Westinghouse-Toshiba, the very people who are bringing us the Japanese meltdown?  There are Japanese cities that could end up like Chernobyl, and someday it could happen in Texas.  This is an article worth reading.  Paste the link to your browser.

Take Action!

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:40 am

Join Friends Committee on National Legislation to Call the Senate: Your phone calls to senate offices now could help persuade senators to make significant cuts in Pentagon spending that would free up money for other priorities. 
Call your senators toll-free at 800-530-1748. Ask them to find ways to cut Pentagon spending by at least $100 billion this year. Script and background info is available on FCNL’s website

Inspiring stories of local organizing
Thinking of organizing a day of action on military spending? How about a month of actions? The New Haven Peace Council and kindred organizations are making war spending visible every day from March 15 to April 15, Tax Day. Union, church, and immigrant rights groups are in on the project, which is saying “end the war and fund human needs.” See their online calendar at

Start organizing now!
April 4 WE ARE ONE Day of Action initiated by Communication Workers of America and organized by AFL-CIO . On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers fighting for their rights. Join labor in solidarity with working families in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and dozens of other states where well-funded, right wing corporate politicians are trying to take away the rights Dr. King gave his life for. Find out more about the local actions at
April 12 Global Day of Action on Military Spending and April 18 Tax Day
The media will be looking for new stories about tax day. Let’s get them to cover community and peace groups calling for moving our tax dollars from wars and the Pentagon to fund our communities. Press release to come at
Who’s organizing near you?
Contact Jobs with Justice chapters in your area: — to find out about local campaigns for economic justice.
Resources for your work
Two great leaflets from USLAW:
Our Taxes Are Off to War – 2011 Edition—2011-Edition
SAVE report on alternatives to federal budget cuts:

March 14, 2011

What Does Libya Give Us?

Filed under: economics — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 3:57 pm

Badger Spirit Comes To Harrisburg

Filed under: environment — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 3:47 pm

Late last week 250 protesters sat in at Tom Ridge’s Marcellus Shale lobbying company in Harrisburg to demand a tax on gas extraction.  Watch the 2-minute video.  Daylin Leach is in it.  There will be more visits to Harrisburg.  Get ready to march.

The Osprey Still Lives

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:46 am

The Osprey is built by Boeing right down the road in Ridley Park.  Would that they were making wind turbines!

March 13, 2011

Unnecessary And Unworkable Weapons Systems

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:00 pm

The Scene In Madison – A Slide Show

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:34 pm

Look Out For The Grannies!

Filed under: environment — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 8:49 am

March 12, 2011

Rep. Tim Briggs Tells It Like It Is

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:34 pm

Upper Merion state representative Tim Briggs wrote this opinion piece.  There’s a lot of truth in it.

House of Representatives Repeals Science

Filed under: environment — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:18 am

Rep. Ed Markey(D-MA) had a few things to say about the Republicans’ repeal of Newton, Einstein, and most university science departments.

March 11, 2011

Koch Brothers Exposed – You Could Be A Producer

Filed under: economics, films — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:08 pm

How To Handle The Banksters

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:00 pm

The Fox Is Now In The Hen House

Filed under: environment — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:30 am

Governor Corbett has given control over energy regulation to former energy exec C. Allen Walker.

March 10, 2011

“That’s Where The Money Is”

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 2:52 pm

Our co-editor Jane Dugdale has sent this letter to the editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Dear Editor:
Senators facing a budget deadline may be looking for an “agreement that would
target the big-budget programs that drive up federal debt, including Medicare
and the military,” but tax-payers need to know that these two “big-budget
programs” are hardly comparable. Medicare, like Social Security, another target
of “deficit hawks,” is not part of the discretionary budget, as is military
spending, because — remember?– Medicare and Social Security have their own
revenue streams. Yes, unlike military spending, they take in revenue instead
of just spending it.

Only military spending is part of the discretionary budget that the spending
bills actually address, and according to the non-partisan National Priorities
Project, military spending now grabs $1.2 trillion of our tax dollars. Yes,
trillion. It is because of this huge chunk of spending that “nondefense
domestic discretionary programs… make up only 12 percent of federal spending.
” Senators are trying to cut fat from bare bones by focusing on
“nondefense domestic” spending alone for budget cuts.

Willie Sutton was famously asked, “Why do you rob banks?” and he famously
answered, “Because that’s where the money is.” Why should military spending be
on the cutting table? Because that’s where the money is.

Jane Dugdale
284 S. Roberts Rd.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
610 527 4170

March 8, 2011

$1.2 Trillion A Year For Defense – Or Is It $1.3 Trillion?

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 10:15 am

Chris Hellman of National Priorities wrote this article for TomGram.  He knows his  ways around the federal budget, and what he found out about military spending is going to amaze you.

March 7, 2011

Save The Mets!

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:14 am

What are Casey Stengel and the Mets doing in a blog about politics and such other serious subjects?  Well, Bernie Madoff and his bankster friends got the beloved Mets into a sea of fiscal troubles, and Stan Isaccs, legendary sports columnist of Long Island’s Newsday, suggests the solution is to issue an “IPO of the Heart,” a chance for all New Yorkers to buy stock in the franchise.  They do it in Green Bay!  There were more than a few of us rooting for the Packers in the recent Super Bowl because of their public ownership.  And it worked!  So LET’S BUY METS!

The Boomers Are Coming

Filed under: economics, Medicare — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:52 am

Dave Lindorf’s article suggests that if social security was the third rail of American politics in the past, the arrival of the baby boomers at 65 is going to up the voltage considerably.  And what we’ve seen in Madison of public employees demanding their rights will become even more heavily populated as boomers demonstrate for not just a social security system defended from the banksters, but a system greatly improved and including expanded Medicare coverage for boomers’ children and grandchildren.  Look out for that walker!

March 6, 2011

Hitler On Scott Walker

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:06 pm

March 5, 2011

Health Costs + Life Expectancy: US vs. The World

Filed under: Medicare — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:04 am

The Economist graphs annual health care costs against life expectancy and finds the US way out in right field.  Why? A profit driven health industry built on high insurance premiums, outrageous overhead, pricey drugs, unnecessary tests. There are people who like to brag about our flagship operating rooms – Cleveland and Mayo Clinics, Johns Hopkins, Mass General – to which all the Saudi shieks go.  Try running the  shieks through your local emergency room with no money in their accounts.

March 4, 2011

Save Elmo And Cut The Military

Filed under: economics, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 2:04 pm

Our friend Owen Powell, who is a fellow member of   Main Line Peace Action, had this great opinion piece in last week’s Delco Times.  We share his frustration at the massive domestic spending cuts proposed in Congress (including Elmo!) at the same time our solons ignore the elephant in the room: military spending.  Do read Owen.

March 3, 2011

Governor Walker And Telling Lies

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:24 am

Mark Twain knew a thing or two about telling lies.  So apparently does the governor of Wisconsin.  Our friend Walter Brasch has some excellent comments.

March 2, 2011

Bill McKibben The Communist

Filed under: environment — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:48 am

Bill McKibben, founder of, has been branded communist by Glenn Beck.  Here he ponders that label and its connection to his Boston Red Sox devotion.  If you haven’t read his book “Eaarth,” you owe it to yourself to do so.

March 1, 2011

Single Payer In Pennsylvania!

Filed under: Medicare — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:43 am

Talking with the nation’s governors, yesterday, President Obama said “if you can do a better job with healthcare, go to it.”  He offered to move the possible date for state waivers from 2017 to 2014.  That means Chuck Pennacchio and could get single payer – Medicare for all – rolling in Pennsylvania in a couple of years.  This is big.

February 28, 2011

“Inside Job” Wins The Oscar

Filed under: films — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:23 am

Director Charles Ferguson pointed out in his acceptance speech last night that three years after the stock market crash the guilty parties are still walking free.  Who’s running the government?

We’re All Part Of Madison

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:48 am

Tom Dispatch talks about connections between the Middle East and Wisconsin and between here and Madison.  Meanwhile the pizzas keep arriving for the demonstrators.

February 27, 2011

The House That Jeter Built

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 10:17 am

Yankee baseball player Derek Jeter has built a $7.7 million home in Tampa.  He’s a good  ballplayer, but he must be making a good deal more than the $67,000 the average New Jersey public school teacher gets.  Why is Governor Christie so upset?  He did his best by lowering taxes on the wealthy last month.  Now he’s taking away healthcare and pensions from those uppity teachers.  If only they could hit a hanging curve.

Corbett vs. The Environment

Filed under: environment — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 10:00 am

These are the first natural gas policies the Corbett Administration has trotted out, and they are clearly bad for the environment.

Events Of Interest

Filed under: Events of Interest — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:31 am

All events are free and open to the public unless tagged otherwise.

April 4 – Monday – 4:30pm.  Commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death.  Independence Hall (6th and Market) rain or shine.

April 4 – Monday – 6:30pm.  Monthly vigil for peace.  Corner of Lancaster and Bryn Mawr Avenues, Bryn Mawr.  7pm planning meeting in Community Center behind Ludington Library.

April 16 – Saturday – 9:30am-1pm. Domestic effects of pentagon spending and spending cuts.  Jo Comerford, National Priorities Project.  Roundtable.  Tabernacle Church, 3700 Chestnut Street (enter 37th street side).

February 26, 2011

It’s The Inequality, Stupid

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:22 am

This article will tell you just about all you need to know about inequality in the American economy.  For example: 2007-2009,   Wall Street profits were up 720%, unemployment was up 102%, home equity was down 35%.   Great graphs.

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